António Guterres

09 October 2017, Berne, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message for opening ceremony of World Post Day

It is my pleasure to send greetings to the world postal community as you mark World Post Day.
Posts play an important role in the everyday lives of people and businesses and are making welcome contributions to global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

09 October 2017, Beijing, China

Secretary-General's message for the Global Poverty Reduction and Development Forum

I am pleased to send greetings to participants in the 2017 Global Poverty Reduction and Development Forum.

07 October 2017, New York

Secretary-General's video message for UN Geneva Open Day [recorded in French]

Mesdames, Messieurs,
Bienvenus à la journée Portes ouvertes des Nations Unies à Genève.
Je vous invite à découvrir l’un des lieux les plus emblématiques de l’époque contemporaine – le Palais des Nations. Symbole de la « Genève internationale », il représente la clé de voûte d’une histoire de plus de 70 ans et le symbole des aspirations des peuples du monde entier à la paix et à l’unité.

08 October 2017, Roseau, Dominica

Secretary-General's press conference

Thank you very much, your Excellency, for your kinds words and for the warm welcome the Government and the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

07 October 2017, St John's, Antigua and Barbuda

Secretary-General’s press conference with Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua-and-Barbuda [with Q&A]

Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister for your warm welcome.
Indeed, this visit is a visit of solidarity with the people of Barbuda and Antigua, the people of Dominica, the people of the Caribbean in general. I’ve just witnessed a level of devastation that I have never witnessed in my life.
I have been in areas torn by conflict. In my own country, I have seen earthquakes, I’ve seen storms… I have never seen such a high-level of devastation like the one that I witnessed in Barbuda.
This must make us think seriously.


11:30 a.m. H.E. Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhit, Finance Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh 
  All other appointments are internal


06 October 2017, New York

Note to Correspondents: On Questions on Cyprus

In response to questions from the media on Cyprus, the Spokesman has the following to say:

“At 10:50 am on 4 October, an UNFICYP vehicle carrying humanitarian supplies departed Nicosia for Greek Cypriot communities in the Karpas, as has been regular practice for close to four decades. UNFICYP was obliged to limit today’s delivery to medical aid supplies, following the Turkish Cypriot administration’s unilateral decision to impose taxes and fees on other humanitarian goods. 

06 October 2017, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

The Secretary-General congratulates the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Events over the past months have reminded us of the catastrophic risk that nuclear weapons pose to humanity.  This Prize recognizes the determined efforts of civil society to highlight the unconscionable humanitarian and environmental consequences that would result if they were ever used again.

06 October 2017, New York

Major General Kristin Lund of Norway - Head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Major General Kristin Lund of Norway as the Head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO).
Major General Lund succeeds Major General Arthur David Gawn of New Zealand, who will complete his assignment on 19 October 2017. The Secretary-General is grateful to Major General Gawn for his two years of dedicated leadership.

04 October 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the sixtieth anniversary of the launch of Sputnik-1

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
It’s a pleasure to be here to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the launch of Sputnik-1 in 1957. This was a major achievement by the Soviet Union, for humanity.
It marked the beginning of the Space Age. Today, as we admire the Cassini spacecraft’s incredible images from Saturn’s rings, we remember where it all started: with a small satellite circling the globe.